Homeschool Moms Need to Read, Too! My Classic Summer Reading List

Classic summer reading list

One thing I’ve noticed as a homeschool mom is that I am extremely diligent about my kids reading quality literature but pretty lax about what I read myself.

Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t spend all my time- or any time, for that matter- reading romance novels (yuck) or celebrity magazines, but I do read quite a bit of what some may consider to be “fluff.”

To my defense, I do devour endless literature selections on education and homeschooling, buuut…okay, I’ll admit it. The rest of my reading selections usually come from the young adult section of the library. Yes, I do like to read many of the same books as my teenage daughters. 😛 

To be honest, they’re simply easy, yet interesting, reads for when I’m running around like a madwoman in the midst of the homeschool year. So, this year I’ve resolved that I am going to read as many classics as I can during our six week break. After all, it’s pretty hypocritical for me to expect my kids to read them when I don’t read them myself, right?

Today I’m going to share my summer reading list with you in the hopes that it will motivate me to finish it and, hopefully, to inspire some of you, as well. Just be forewarned. I am not a Jane Austen kinda gal. I know there are people who will gasp when they read this. Sorry, but it’s the truth.

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My Classic Summer Reading List

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Since our last day of homeschool was last Friday, I set out to reading right away, so I am already done with this book. It only took me about two days to finish it because it’s a pretty quick read, but it’s riveting. (And pretty scary to see the similarities between this dystopian future and our own society today…)

Not to give away too much, but, in this novel, books are banned and firemen don’t put out fires. They set them. Enough said.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Right now I’m about a quarter of the way through this book. Not only is it interesting, but it’s quite disturbing, as well. In this “utopian” future (are you getting an idea of my preferred reading genre?), babies are no longer born but are manufactured and “conditioned.”

I can’t wait to finish it.

1984 by George Orwell

Another dystopian future novel, I actually started reading this several months ago but had to return it to the library before I could finish it. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for serious reading during the homeschool year. I’ll probably start all over again since I don’t remember much, but I will say one thing.

It felt eerily familiar.


Animal Farm by George Orwell

Now this one I actually have read already. It was required reading for me in 9th grade, and I remember it as possibly the only book I ever read for school that I actually enjoyed.

I don’t remember much of it, but I do know it was written as an allegory about communism. I’m excited to read it from an adult point-of-view. I’ve a feeling this one may also seem unsettlingly familiar.


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This is another book that I did read back in high school, but at that time I had no interest in it and don’t remember any of it at all. Since I hear so many references to it nowadays, though, I’m going to try it again. We shall see!


As homeschool moms, we can forget that we also need to feed ourselves with “nutritious” literature, if you will. What better example can we give our kids than to show them that we, too, understand the importance of being well read and of taking time to enjoy ourselves?

What books are you reading this summer? I’d love to read them in the comments!






Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

25 thoughts on “Homeschool Moms Need to Read, Too! My Classic Summer Reading List”

  1. I’ve read all those. I liked them all but Lord of the Flies. It’s still an important book and should be read. The others on your list are some of my favorites and very timely. I had the good fortune to meet Ray Bradbury at a memorial service for an extended family member several years ago. At the time I was embarrassed because I’d not read any of his books yet. I’m not a science fiction fan. He said his books weren’t intended to be science fiction. He suggested I start with his personal favorite, the Martian Chronicles, so I did. He took all of my extended family out to dinner after the service.

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  2. Romance- yuck! I LOVE romance! 😜 One of my summer reads will be The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack. It’s the true love story of Sir Walter Scott, a historical romance. Your list is great, though. 🙌🏻

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  3. I’ve read all of them except Fahrenheit 451 and Lord of the Flies, but might read them sometime soon. 🙂 I haven’t done as much reading as I’d like lately, with young kids I’m too tired to concentrate on anything too difficult to follow, so like you have been reading some kinda young adult novels. The ones on your list that I’ve read are quite easy to find the time to read and easy to follow even when you’re distracted I think, so would be great and well worth a read. 🙂

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  4. I love romance as well (sending hi fives to Camie), but I hear you about finding time to read for yourself. I’m constantly on the lookout for a book that will connect with my daughter and foster her love of reading, but we aren’t there yet. She loves when I read to her and we share stories; I can honestly say that I love this too.

    But finding time to read for myself is always a little bit of a struggle. One of the things that I love about summer is that people share their “summer reading lists” and so many people start talking about books – one of my favorite subjects! 🙂 Thanks for sharing yours, those are some great selections there!

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  5. Hey, you’ve got some of my favorites on this list! 1984 and Brave New World were favs I read in high school and their themes have stuck with me ever since. Great goal to read them all. I also get the shivers thinking about the correlation between the Dystopian novels and the direction our society is headed. Yikes!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I am SO with you on the lack of love for the romance genre, lol (sorry ladies!) and anything related to celebrities. We do not have television and I don’t care for periodicals but OH how I love the classics! 🙂 I have lots of downloads on my Kindle that I’ll be diving into shortly, so it’s going to be nice. Have an awesome summer!

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    1. Lol. I knew I’d be in the minority for not liking those sorts of books. 😛 I did read The Great Gatsby. I honestly don;t remember what it was about though. It was so long ago!


      1. I did read the Great Gatsby, but my memory of the book gets mixed up with the Robert Redford movie…it was Robert Redford after all! 🙂

        Honestly, I’m not much of a romance fan myself…unless the real story is in the suspense. Think Phantom of the Opera (the 1909 Gaston LeRoux novel) or Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

        I like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction and humor. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon, and everything I could get my hands on about horses.

        I used to like horror a lot, but having kids cooled that for me for some reason. The last Stephen King I read was It, and that was in 1988. My oldest son was a baby. He, on the other hand, loves horror and pretty much most of the same things I read, including Phantom of the Opera.

        I am actually reading Lord of the Flies right now, and also have Brave New World on my list. Let me know what you think.

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  7. I want to read other things as well, but I can’t seem to break myself away from Mr. Darcy. I’m all about rereading Pride and Prejudice right now. 🙂

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  8. LOVE your list! I think I’ve read them all (I was big into sci-fi in high school) but am waaaay overdue for re-reads. I’ve got a giant stack of library books recommended by friends, waiting by my chair so that the second our portfolios and evaluations are finished, I can dive in! Dorothy Sayers’ (a new author I want to like) “Gaudy Night” and “The Whimsical Christian”, Connie Willis’ “Doomsday Book”, Amy Tan’s “Saving Fish from Drowning”, and Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Most of those I have no idea what genre they are, so probably not exactly classics, but I am in great need of getting my head out of nonfiction and into some great fiction!

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